Follow guidelines to fight COVID-19, BBA urges basketball community

Fadhil Yunus

The Brunei Basketball Association (BBA) urged the local basketball community to practise social distancing guidelines in line with the government’s measure to help curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

The statement released in their Facebook page came following news that a member of the public has witnessed a group of individuals playing basketball in Jalan Berakas.

The post claimed that the group would play from 5pm until late at night and further questioned why they were allowed to play despite the strict measures in place.

Nevertheless, BBA has reiterated that all tournaments have been suspended and closed the BBA Court on March 14 before the government announced the closure of all sporting complexes and facilities.

“As a responsible member of the Brunei community and in our bid to combat the spread of COVID-19, Brunei Basketball Association Executive Committee has taken the initiative to suspend all tournaments and close our Batu Bersurat Basketball court on March 14.”

The closure of all sporting complexes and facilities was announced four days later as the country ramped up its efforts to stem the spread of the pandemic.

While the BBA court has remained closed and no basketball activities conducted since the suspension of the tournaments, BBA added that they have no authority to the operations of other basketball facilities or the action of individuals.

The statement added, “We urged the local basketball community to abide by the guidance of local authorities on social distancing. It is our responsibility to act accordingly in this challenging time.”

The BBA looks forward to welcome back all basketball enthusiasts when the court re-opens and advised everyone to stay home and safe.